DSI Jane Tennison
Internationally acclaimed actress and twice Academy Award nominee (Gosford Park, The Madness Of King George).
Penny's father, a headmaster
6'2" actor Stephen Tompkinson attended the Central Drama School in London. He has since appeared on stage, radio, television and film. Frequently employing his comedic skills, Tompkinson has appeared in the television series The Vicar of Dibley and Ballykissangel. He played the title character, Jim Dixon, in Masterpiece Theatre's Lucky Jim and appeared on Mystery! as Detective Inspector Slack in Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage.
A friend of Sallie's
Londoner Laura Greenwood started working as an actress at the age of ten. Her appearance in Prime Suspect 7, filmed when she was 14, was described by the Manchester Evening News as "simply brilliant." Greenwood has also appeared in the films The Brothers Grimm and V for Vendetta.
Eve Best was born in London and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She won 'Best Newcomer' awards from the London Critics Circle and the London Evening Standard for her performance in 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore at the Young Vic Theatre in 1999; she received the Best Actress award from the Critics Circle for Mourning Becomes Electra at the Royal National Theatre in 2003.
Katy Murphy, a Glasgow native, won the 2001 Royal Television Society's Best Actress award for her role in the television film Donovan Quick, which also starred Colin Firth and Parminder Nagra. She played Jenny Wren in Masterpiece Theatre's Our Mutual Friend and Michelle in Me and Mrs. Jones.
A native of Glasgow, Gary Lewis is best known for his roles as Billy's father in Billy Elliot and as McGloin in Gangs of New York. He was Magior, a Druid, in Masterpiece Theatre's Warrior Queen. He plays King Hrothgar in the action-fantasy film Eragon (2006).
Jane Tennison's father
Born in 1926 in Lancashire, England, Frank Finlay graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He has received numerous honors for his work including Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his role in Othello (1965) opposite Laurence Olivier. He has appeared in many other films including The Pianist, The Three Musketeers, Inspector Clouseau and Dreaming of Joseph Lees and was seen previously on Masterpiece Theatre in The Lost Prince (as Asquith) and in Prime Suspect 6. Finley was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1984.
DS Alun Simms
Originally from Pembrokeshire, Wales, Robert Pugh has extensive acting credits on stage and in television and film. He has been seen in Kinky Boots, Master and Commander and Enigma. Previous Masterpiece Theatre/Mystery! appearances include roles in Bleak House (as the Reverend Mr. Chadband), The Virgin Queen, Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect 6 and Miss Marple: A Murder is Announced. He plays Kustennin in The Last Legion, a film also starring Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley, set during the final days of the Roman Empire.
Though originally from Northamptionshire, England, Brendan Coyle holds Irish citizenship and has lived in Dublin. His extensive television and film credits include roles in Mystery!'s The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Great Deliverance and Jericho, as well as Tomorrow Never Dies and The Jacket.
Robbie Gee has appeared in the films Snatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Underworld. He is well-known in the UK for his television roles, including the character Lee Graham in Desmond's.
Laura Doddington trained at Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh. She has extensive theatrical credits.
Russell Mabey has appeared frequently on British television in programs including The Bill, Casualty and Holby City. He played a sailor in Masterpiece Theatre's A Respectable Trade.
The young Heshima Thompson has appeared on television (Spooks/MI-5, The Bill, Judge John Deed) and on stage. His 2005 performance in the play Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness at London's Royal Court Theatre was described by The Independent as "an outstandingly assured debut.. (flicking) between shy sweetness and foul-mouthed assaults, and he sings electrifyingly..."
Tom Bell, who died on October 4, 2006 at the age of 73, began his career on the stage in the '40s. A native of Liverpool, Bell was nominated for a BAFTA award for his performance as the sexist Bill Otley in the first Prime Suspect. He also had memorable performances in the television program Out (1979) and the 1990 film The Krays.
Prime Suspect 7 is Maxine Barton's first major television role. She has been appearing on stage, frequently as a dancer, since 1998.